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Uxbridge gets grant to assist students choosing a career in education

State representative Michael Soter (R-Bellingham) is pleased to announce that Uxbridge High School will receive additional state funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)to create paid internships for high school seniors interested in becoming teachers and educators.
The announcement, made by DESE commission Russell Johnston, releases $1.5 million in grant funding to schools in 34 cities and towns.
Uxbridge High School will collect $29,250 to pay high school seniors for what would otherwise be unpaid internships in the area of education. Seniors at Uxbridge High School are currently steered into internships with local businesses and this funding will expand the program for students interested in careers as teachers. The state office of DESE offers this program to ensure the future success of elementary and secondary teachers in Massachusetts.
Students will gain valuable experience in a career-readiness programs that offer a hands-on opportunity to work with elementary students in a classroom setting, learn instructional methods from mentor instructors and learn from an educator preparation curriculum.
“I am extremely grateful to learn that the town of Uxbridge has been chosen to receive this funding, “ said Rep. Soter. “The work done by Principal Michael Rubin and Superintendent Michael Baldassarre in building the existing internship program has been instrumental in young adults in our district for successful careers beyond high school. With this funding, students who are interested in becoming teachers will be financially supported as they gain necessary experience in the field.” 
Rep. Soter further emphasized the importance of funding internship programs doe high school students and making certain there is easy access to essential career paths as elementary and secondary educators.